TODAY   |  September 06, 2013

Obama stalled on Syria talks at G20 summit

President Obama faces an uphill battle over Syria negotiations, as Russia and now China oppose U.S. involvement, and a particularly tough battle to get a resolution passed in the House of Representatives. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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>> president obama 's on going push for u.s. air strikes in syria as he wraps up his trip to the g-20 summit today. chuck todd joins us in russia. good morning to you.

>> good morning, savannah. any hope he had of using the g-20 for using it for plans to strike syria stalled and now he heads home without the momentum and faces an equality skeptical and now vocal american president .

>> reporter: president obama wraps up a summit dominated by syria as he continues to seek support to help make his case for military action . russia has been an especially public thorn in mr. obama's side and china opposes the u.s. too. the president hoped this morning's meeting with the chinese president would soften the meeting. president obama and president putin put their disagreements on hold with this handshake that lasted several seconds, but getting involved in syria has been a difficult sell at home and abroad. not helping the imagines in the new york times. secretary of state john kerry warned if the u.s. fails to act that scene could be repeated by extremists drawn to the conflict.

>> i know the lessons of war. i don't believe this is taking america to war. i believe this is enforcing a very limited military action , not going to war, that will, in fact, stand up for the notion that you should not use chemical weapons .

>> and back home, the president faces an equality uphill battle.

>> hey, hey, please everybody calm down.

>> at an arizona town hall meeting thursday a war weary audience hit senator mccain with a b a ton of questions.

>> why are you not listening to the people and staying out of syria .

>> enough is enough. we do not want another engagement in the middle east .

>> if we open the door to the use of chemical weapons and allow it to go unresponded to then that sends a signal to other people that want to use them. they can do so with impunity.

>> all of the various vote counts in congress are very high on the no side, very low on the yes side. but keep this in mind, congressional leaders, particularly in the house, would not actually put this authorization to the floor for a vote if somehow it were going to go down to defeat. it's going to be a long weekend for the white house .